5 Great Family Days Out In Manchester

The summer holidays are nearly upon us. A time when the stresses of school are replaced by another worry - what to do with the kids all day, every day...for six whole weeks!

Luckily, System One can take away some of that stress with a Group DaySaver Travelcard. There are so many great days out in the Greater Manchester area. Take a look at these fantastic ideas and let the bus take the strain of getting you there so you can save all of your energy for fun, fun, fun!


1. Play Away


Play Factore Manchester


Play Factore ain’t no ordinary play place. If you are thinking ball pools and a few gentle slides, think again!

Each 2.5 hour session comes complete with Laser Tag, Electric Go-Karts, Zip Wire (additional charge) and a Giant Play Frame, not to mention Europe’s largest indoor slide. Oh, and there’s a toddler play area for the tiny tots, too.

While it’s tempting to sit back with a coffee and watch the kids go wild, it’s far more fun to play along, and adults are encouraged to get stuck in with the rest of the family.


Top up energy levels at the on-site restaurant or when you are done, take a trip across the road to eat at the Trafford Centre.



2. Jump Right In


Jump Extreme, Bolton


Spring into action at Jump Extreme, Bolton. With no less than 95 trampolines as well as a toddler zone, it’ll be non-stop fun!

But jumping won’t be the only thing on the agenda - dodgeball, basketball, air bags and tumble tracks make it a great day out for tots to teens, and adults too. Don’t forget to check online for session times and book in advance at busy periods.

And when you’re all bounced out, recharge your batteries at the Xtreme Café.



3. Test the Grey Matter


Museum of Science & Industry Manchester


Take a break from exercising the body and stretch the mind instead at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.


Children of all ages are invited to Imagine it, Make it, Move it through a series of free activities and real experiments - coding, crafting and creating their way into the the scientists of the future. See science in action in the interactive gallery where mirrors, lights and bubbles will delight your senses.

After stimulating the brain cells, try stimulating the taste buds at the Warehouse Restaurant and later pop into the shop for gadgets, toys and science sets that will allow the learning fun to continue at home.


4. All Aboard!


Manchester Museum of Transport


How appropriate to visit the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport by bus! Open Wednesdays and weekends in July, and every day in August, this is a must for all motor enthusiasts.

Look inside vehicles lovingly maintained and restored by volunteers, and get a glimpse of the history behind horse buses, light rail, trams and motorised buses. Then, pop into the Tea Room and Shop for a genuine taste of the past - wholesome classic meals and retro toys.



5. Down on the Farm


Lancaster Park & Animal Farm


If you’d rather visit the cute and furry then look no further than Lancaster Park and Animal Farm in Oldham.

Everything for a great value family day out on the farm. Bring your wellies so you can get hands on with the horses, sheep, chickens, donkeys, rabbits and many more animals. Then wear out the whole family in the play area.

No shop here to tempt the little (or big) ones to part with cash, but plenty of provision for picnickers.

With a System One TravelCard there’s no excuse to avoid having family fun this summer. Take a look at where you can travel to and get planning now!

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